This Essex girl is going NATIONAL! Bringing JTC sessions to care homes across the UK!

This Essex girl is going NATIONAL! Bringing JTC sessions to care homes across the UK!

Get in! Join The Circle is coming to Manchester and I'm SO excited! 

When I first started thinking about bringing JTC sessions to more care homes and teaching more people how to run sessions, I was thinking quite small scale. I had my small business hat on! In my head I was only thinking of Essex, and how there would be plenty of room for Co-ordinators because there is a high number of care homes in this area (570 care homes according to carehome.co.uk). But it didn't take very long for it to occur to me that actually there was no reason to limit myself to people looking for work in Essex, because what make JTC sessions so popular here will make them popular to care homes across the UK.

Why it works. The biggest reasons why Join The Circle dance sessions are well received by care home residents and care home staff!

Why it works. The biggest reasons why Join The Circle dance sessions are well received by care home residents and care home staff!

I have a system. As you may have seen from the ‘Sessions’ page of this website, I offer a Taster Session at a discounted price so that care homes can try the sessions and see if they work for them. After this Taster Session, I ask the activity or care staff who were taking part in the session, how THEY thought it went. I then ask them - is that your usual level of response? And most of the time the reply is - ”No! That was so much better than usual!”

Want to know why? My biggest reasons as to why Join The Circle dance sessions for elderly care home residents are so well received?

NAPA Article - 5 Reasons why you should be bringing dance sessions in to your care home!

NAPA Article - 5 Reasons why you should be bringing dance sessions in to your care home!

We all know the positive impact bringing The Arts in to your care home can have. They promote good social and emotional wellbeing and are an important part of your activity program. I’ve been running dance sessions in care homes since 2015 and have found them to be extremely popular – with both service users and care home managers! 

I’ve used my background as an activity co-ordinator in a care home for the elderly and my training as a performer to design dance sessions specifically for Dementia sufferers. They’re inclusive and can be easily adapted to suit all age ranges and physical abilities. No one gets left behind or left out!  

Over the years, through my own experience and from feedback from the care homes I work with, I’ve learnt just how much of a positive impact the dance sessions can have on both the care home’s service users, and the care home itself. Here are five of those benefits.

Dance Stories - why Join The Circle's Dementia friendly dance sessions are more than just 'moving and grooving'!

Dance Stories - why Join The Circle's Dementia friendly dance sessions are more than just 'moving and grooving'!

We all know I’m biased when it comes to Join The Circle dance sessions, I really love what I do! But to be fair…it would be different if my participants didn’t love it too! And most of them, if I’m honest, don’t come for the workout.

Most of my participants come because it’s an activity that promotes their social well-being.

But obviously, they don’t call it that. They call it having a chat.

I thought I’d share some of their stories with you…

What makes a care home, a home?

What makes a care home, a home?

I’ve visited so many care homes over the last few years, but not all, if I’m honest, have felt like real homes. There is SO MUCH stigma around care homes and what they are like though that I wanted to celebrate some of the things I’ve consistently noticed in the care homes I love. The ones who make a big effort to make their environment as homely as possible, and therefore mean their residents have a great quality of life.

The Wrong Job

The Wrong Job

I was driving back from a session the other day and caught a programme on Radio 4 called ‘The Wrong Job’. It stemmed from the statistic that apparently 75% of people in the UK feel that they are in the wrong job, or hate their job. This struck a chord with me, and as I often do, I sat and listened to the end of the programme in my car, once I’d gotten home.

The Story of Join The Circle. Part 4: When I broke down, and how I built myself back up.

The Story of Join The Circle. Part 4: When I broke down, and how I built myself back up.

This might not seem strictly related to Join The Circle at first glance. But stay with me.

In September 2016 I had a mental breakdown and ended up being hospitalised. Warning. I'm going to get quite personal with my own experience so if that's not your thing or you might get a trigger from this kind of thing, it might be best to skip ahead to the next part.